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The Arabian Love-Child by Michelle Reid
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Heroine approaches wealthy banker Hero, who was her lover for a brief time 8 yrs ago, for help with financial inheritance matters. But Hero misjudges her once again & boots her out of his office. But she accidentally left behind her legal papers at his office & he then finds out about their 7-yr-old son's existence. He demands marriage for their son's sake & heroine wavers about her decision to marry him b/c she wants to marry for love but also sees the importance of being married for their son's sake.

Reid writes well. The story, dialogue, & emotional involvement were good. Sexual chemistry & love scenes were hot. But the heroine really irritated me. Hero made some gross misjudgements about her both in the the past & present & she wouldn't assert herself enough to explain the truth fully to him. She just tucked her tail under her legs & whimpered in the corner somewhere. Ugh! When he realized his mistakes, she just quickly swept it under the rug instead of taking the time to openly discussing matters with him. Yes, he should also have explained himself fully or he could have asked her to discuss things more fully. But the way heroine gave in to Hero too easily & forgave him too quickly did not invite explanation. Given the big misunderstandings & wrong assumptions they both have with each other, Hero needed to explain himself more fully to heroine and/or grovel more. But she seemed satisfied with him just admitting he made a mistake, which didn't make sense to me since she's been hurting & agonizing over it for the past 8 years. She also readily jumped into bed with him, even when she felt hurt & upset with him for thinking she was still a slut. It was frustrating reading about such a doormat! It distracted from what-could-have-been a good, poignant romance.

Recommended with caution.
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